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 Hetty Sage Benbridge  ( - 1780)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania/South Carolina      Known for: miniature portrait painting

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A painter of miniatures, little is known about Hetty Benbridge except that she was the wife of Henry Benbridge, portrait painter of Philadelphia and later of Charleston, South Carolina.  She joined him there in 1773 with their baby son, and from that time she is not mentioned, causing historians to think she died shortly after her arrival there.

Only ten miniatures by her have been found, all done before the Revolution and unsigned.  She is mentioned in the autobiography of her teacher, Charles Willson Peale, and her miniatures, very tiny watercolors on ivory, are very similar to the style of Peale with long oval heads and his method of applying color.

There is confusion about her name.  Peale referred to her as Letticia; Esther was the name on her son's birth certificate, and her husband called her Hetty.

Sources include:
Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein, American Women Artists
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

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